Research Centre

The new hospital's research centre will house all of the hospital's research activity in a single location. The research centre will have a pathology unit, research facilities, clinical biochemistry and hematopathology, cell culture, cell manipulation, genetic and molecular epidemiology, immunology and clinical microbiology and virology. The operations of the blood bank will also move into the building. The pathology unit will have a morgue and autopsy facilities, as well as facilities for forensic pathology.

The research centre will be linked to the treatment centre and other hospital buildings with a special pneumatic tube system, by which the hospital units can send samples to the research centre in a matter of minutes. The research centre will also have a reception for samples from outside the hospital.

Research is, by nature, an ever-changing field, so the working environment is organic and prone to changes. Research activities are constantly evolving, so it is important that the facilities are flexible and able to meet these changes. The research centre is the site of complex operations and working facilities for top experts.

There will be a helipad on the roof of the research centre. It will be linked to the emergency unit and other wards in the treatment centre via a connecting bridge. The helipad must be able to receive helicopters of various types. Its size is determined with reference to helicopters that are longer and heavier than those currently employed by the Icelandic Coast Guard in order to ensure its usefulness in the future.